I’ve got a seating plan to sort out, 24 Christmas presents still to buy, 142 wedding favours to put together, a tree to decorate and a wedding dress to slim in to as well. How am I going to juggle my wedding planning and Christmas during the next few months?
Hosting a wedding soon after Christmas can be stressful, but should be exciting. November and December always tend to be expensive months due to all of the extra buying, entertaining and festive cheer, but there are still ways to save money and still have a good time. There are usually a lot of sales and discounts in the shops leading up to the New Year so whilst you are out and about doing your Christmas shopping, keep an eye open for unusual tree decorations, centre pieces or sparkly items that you might be able to use at your reception. January and February are always chilly months in the UK so snowflake, frosted or icicle shaped decorations might look beautiful if you are having a white or winter wonderland themed wedding.Or, if you are having the colour red appear at your New Year wedding Christmas is the time to buy all of you ribbon if you are planning on tying 150 white favour boxes up in a pretty bow.
If you are decorating a new tree this year, choose your colour theme wisely. Could you re-use your baubles at your wedding reception? A vase or fishbowl filled with pastel, red, or different shades of blue Christmas balls could look pretty effective. Or, could you have hundreds of pink balls hanging from the ceiling of your wedding reception? If so, buy just before, or just after Christmas when they will be at their lowest price.
Whilst shopping online for your Christmas presents start to think about whether or not you could buy a Thank you gift or two for your wedding party at the same time. This will save on shipping costs and will also shorten your ‘to do’ list, not to mention give you one less thing to think about in the New Year.
Christmas is a time to be with family and of course, the one(s) you love. Make sure you involve your h2b in decisions and ideas as much as possible. Late night shopping together after work, thinking of gift ideas, putting together your wedding favours and sorting out that seating plan are all things that can be done as a couple during the winter months.
If you are still at the early stages of your wedding planning and still have your guest list to figure out then why not start collating names when you are writing your Christmas cards. Or, to save on postage, send your ‘save the date’ or wedding invitations in the same envelopes as your Christmas cards to give your guests plenty of time to plan ahead.
The festive season will come and go so stay organised, be prepared and try and have a really good time.
Top tips from hitched.co.uk:
- When shopping for Christmas presents keep an eye out for Thank you gift ideas for your bridesmaids, ushers, parents and helpful friends
- Save on postage by sending your wedding invitations in the same envelope as your Christmas card
- Keep your h2b involved when it comes to wedding decorations, gifts and festive wedding planning